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The Scarlet Tanager

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2018 by lilybug1960

The Scarlet Tanager.
 
It is nearly impossible for me to choose 1 bird image from my backyard and say it was my favorite for the year, but if I had to go out on a limb, it would be this one of the Scarlet Tanager I captured in July. I have always hoped to capture a nice image of a mature male in breeding colors and this one morning I had no fewer than 3 males and at least 5 others, including female and immature birds, gleaning insects from the crepe myrtles. The lighting was perfect and this one almost posed for me. They were gleaning Japanese Beetles from the plants and didn’t leave until they had their fill. On that very morning, I felt the pride of how hard we had worked in our yard to prepare it for an upcoming certification as a Wildlife Sanctuary. The striking contrast of red and green really made the image for me as well as the clarity and sharpness of the bird.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #BirdNirdvana
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Merry Christmas

Posted in Favorite Places, Random Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2018 by lilybug1960

Merry Christmas.
 
We would like to wish all of our friends a Merry Christmas. Let us not forget why we celebrate this day. Let us remember this is a time of peace and love. Spend time with family and friends, spread the joy of the day. Also, the Holidays aren’t easy for everyone, so if you know someone who might be struggling with them, reach out and let them know they are important to you and others.
 
Northern Cardinal, Bear Woods Wildlife Sanctuary, Jasper, GA, December 9, 2018. Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 320, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod, processed with Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography

Another in the series of “I’m not fat, I’m fluffy”

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2018 by lilybug1960

Another in the series of “I’m not fat, I’m fluffy”
 
I have admitted in the past and will admit it now, I can watch bird behavior all day. I am a bird nerd. I enjoy watching how the birds get comfortable with my presence sitting 10 to 15 feet away from them. As they start to relax, they do their normal things. One of those things is to fluff their feathers to stay warm. It makes them look like they have been overeating but in reality it is how they keep the cold away from their body. During the latest ice storm many of the birds “fluffed” allowing me to take some great portraits, but even more pleasing to me is how they weren’t bothered by me and the sound of the shutter so close. They start to realize that I am not a predator to them and they feel safe. I have had an Eastern Phoebe that will take food from my hands or land on the small container that contains the mealworms while I am carrying it. Almost every morning it meets me at the back door, chattering away as if it is telling me about its day thus far. Often when I sit on the porch it comes up and perches on a little plant on the table less than 3 feet from me. So, for me to see them fluffy is a sign of comfort for me as they trust my presence. To capture it on my sensor is always rewarding.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui 424S monopod, L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600mmG2, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BirdNirdvana

You’ll freezer your tail off!

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2018 by lilybug1960

You’ll freeze your tail off.
 
Before I start, please know, nothing happen to this beautiful Eastern Bluebird’s tail feathers due to the ice. When we had the ice storm almost a week ago, many birds showed up in the backyard with ice on their tails. Beside making flight a little clumsier, they didn’t seem to be bothered by it. I am guessing that it was caused by the freezing rain vs sleet or snow. The birds were probably somewhat covered during the rain, but anything that hit them probably traveled down their bodies to the tails, where it probably formed ice. From what I observed, most of the time, the ice was shaken off after they flew around and landed a few times.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 320, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600G2, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #BirdNirdvana

Dark-eyed Junco and Ice

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2018 by lilybug1960

Dark-eyed Junco and Ice.
 
I have been covered up with Dark-eyed Junco this winter so far. I usually see decent numbers, but this year I am seeing in excess of 30 or 40 minimum around the yard. For such a plain grey and brown bird, they are really beautiful. When the ice storm hit Saturday night, they seemed to gather on and under the cypress trees, probably looking for fallen insects and seeds that were well concealed when the trees weren’t bent over so far. I made sure that I spread plenty of seed on the ground for them after the storm since the ground was covered with a sheet of ice. All is melted fairly nicely now and along with some neighbors we cleared our road and can actually drive off the mountain when needed.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1250, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BirdNirdvana

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (m)

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2018 by lilybug1960

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (m).
 
I love snow, but hate ice storms, and yesterday we woke up to ice on everything. We lost power sometime in the middle of the night, but we have a generator so we were fine. Along with a constant fire in the wood stove, it was very cozy. I made sure I put out lots of seed for the birds since getting to any on plants would have been impossible. One bird that came to visit was a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. The male is especially striking and posed nicely for me a couple of times. I really liked how the yellow from the bird reflected off of the ice on the post that it was perched.
 
It made me start to think about my youth a little. I could never run for any office because of my youth, and thank goodness that the internet was not around. I know that surely once or twice while daring one of my hooligan friends to do something crazy, like jump into a pond where we were sure there were snakes or giant snapping turtles, that I probably commented upon their hesitation, “what are you, a yellow-bellied sapsucker?” Where did this saying come from? And why? Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are very cool birds and weren’t afraid of anything in the yard. They were actually very brave. Having lots of extra time on my hands yesterday, I researched it and could only find the reference but no reason for the saying. So from this day forward when we see something that bravery is required, we should say “you can do it, you are a yellow-bellied sapsucker!”
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 3600, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BirdNirdvana

My Winter Residents

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2018 by lilybug1960

My Winter Residents.
 
Actually they are year round residents, but it seems they have multiplied by 2 or 3 times. I need to get out and do some eBird counts of the backyard, but it is a busy place for sure. This morning it is 22 degrees here in Bear Woods and I had a welcoming party waiting for me when I put the bird feeders out this morning. I am getting White-breasted Nuthatch, like this one, in big numbers, probably over 20, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Northern Cardinals, Eastern Bluebirds, House Finch, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Mourning Dove, an Eastern Phoebe, a Winter Wren, and huge numbers of Dark-eyed Junco, easily over 25, each day. Time to make another seed run.
 
The White-breasted Nuthatch are one of the most entertaining birds I get here, as they are very vocal, super active and not shy. This particular one landed on the table beside me a couple of times before settling on this post. It will be even colder tomorrow morning and I am sure the welcoming committee will be waiting again.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 720, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #BirdNirdvana